Union Dissolution Day

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Flag of Norway, state.svg Union Dissolution Day
Observed byNorway
Significance7 June is Norway's Independence Day
CelebrationsFlag flying day in Norway
Date7 June
Next time7 June 2020 (2020-06-07)
Related toDissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden 1905
The Norwegian royal family
1945 Liberation Day (8 May)
Norwegian Constitution
Norwegian Constitution Day (17 May)

The Union Dissolution Day, observed in Norway on 7 June (though not a public holiday), is marked in remembrance of the Norwegian parliament's 1905 declaration of dissolution of the union with Sweden, a personal union which had existed since 1814.

Royal return after WWII[edit]

By historical coincidence, 7 June was also the date in 1940 when King Haakon VII of Norway and the royal family, along with the Norwegian cabinet and parliament, had to leave the country after escaping the German forces during the WWII invasion of Norway; and it is also the date in 1945 on which the King returned after 5 years of exile in London.


1905: The Norwegian flag, without the union mark, is raised at Akershus Fortress following the dissolution resolution
1945: The royal family on June 7, 1945, returned after five years in exile. From left: King Haakon VII, Prince Harald (with flag), Crown Princess Märtha, Princess Astrid, Crown Prince Olav and Princess Ragnhild

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